Sunday, 14 September 2014

Writing Update (AKA - Why I Have Too Little Time For Social Media at the Moment)

I am now well into the first draft of part 3 of the Diamond Sky Trilogy and have begun to think about design concepts for the covers. This is my first mock-up for Book 2 (the current working titles are Emerald Sea or Emerald Sky). As always, I used a photograph I took myself.

Spoiler free blurb to follow once I figure one out. Bloody sequels cause so many problems. More trouble than they are worth. Will definitely be returning to standalones once this trilogy is done with.

The cover is my first attempt and subject to change. Partly because I do not want smart arses pointing out that Mt Cook is in New Zealand and, therefore, has absolutely sod all to do with the novel's Himalayan location. The thing is, I want to keep the personal touch I have used on all of my books and use cover art based around my own photography. The chances of me making it to the far east before the books release (or ever, for that matter) is virtually none existent.

The book itself has now undergone two drafts and is shaping up excellently. Easily my best action sequences and it also sees the return of Esteban Cruz, which is no bad thing. Therefore, technically, it is a sequel to both Diamond Sky and Stealing Asia, which are two completely unrelated novels.

I could release it sooner than next year, but due to the much greater plot hole potentiality of trilogies, I have decided to write and release the sequels back to back a-la Back to the Future and The Matrix in order to ensure consistency.

In the meantime, I humbly urge anyone who has not already done so to read the novel's predecessor, Diamond Sky, currently available in paperback and for Kindle at Amazon. Being the first, I made sure that it also works perfectly well as a standalone rather than simply as a means to set up an ongoing series.

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